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GRE Barron's Essential 800 Words for the GRE (Part 1)

The words that I have found tricky out of the 800 Essential Barron's words for the GRE
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fallow
plowed but not sowed; uncultivated
aspersion
slander; false rumor
discomfit
to make uneasy; disconcert
distrait
inattentive; preoccupied
dissolution
disintegration; debauchery
evince
to show plainly; to be an indication of
amulet
ornament worn as a charm against evil spirits
hirsute
covered with hair
desultory
random; disconnected; rambling
extirpate
to root up; to destroy
exigency
crisis; urgent requirements
expatiate
to speak or write at length
exhort
to urge by strong appeal
expiate
to atone for
assiduous
diligent; hard-working
delineate
to represent or depict
dross
waste; worthless matter; trivial matter
abate
to decrease; reduce
exact
to force the payment of; demand and obtain by authority
contrite
very sorrowful for a wrong
continence
self-control; abstention from sexual activity
etiology
causes or origins
contumacious
disobedient; rebellious
effete
depleted of vitality; over-refined; decadent
beatify
to sanctify; to bless; to ascribe a virtue to
abjure
to reject; abandon formally
exculpate
to clear of blame; vindicate
essay
to make an attempt; subject to a test
demur
to express doubt
encomium
a formal expression of praise
cozen
to mislead by trick or fraud; deceive
diffidence
shyness; lack of confidence
diaphanous
transparent; fine-textured; insubstantial; vague
fatuous
foolishly self-satisfied
execrable
detestable; abhorrent
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
emollient
soothing; mollifying
carping
to find fault; complain
bedizen
to dress in a vulgar, showy manner
cant
insincere talk; language of a particular group
factotum
handyman
fallow
plowed but not sowed; uncultivated
fawning
seeking favor by flattering
flag
to droop; grow weak
florid
ruddy; reddish; flowery
flout
to treat scornfully
flux
flowing; a continuous moving
foment
to incite; arouse
forbearance
patience
forestall
to prevent; delay
formidable
menacing; threatening
forswear
renounce; repudiate
founder
to sink; fail; collapse
fracas
a loud quarrel; brawl
fractious
quarrelsome; unruly; rebellious
frieze
ornamental band on a wall
froward
stubbornly contrary; obstinately disobedient
garrulous
very talkative; wordy
gauche
coarse and uncouth; clumsy
gossamer
sheer; light and delicate, like cobwebs
grandiloquent
pompous; bombastic
grouse
to complain
guileless
free of cunning or deceit; artless
halcyon
calm and peaceful; happy; golden; prosperous
hallowed
holy; sacred
harangue
long, pompous speech; tirade
harrowing
extremely distressing; terrifying
hermetic
tightly sealed; magical
histrionic
relating to exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for effect; theatrical arts or performances
homily
sermon; tedious moralizing lecture; platitude
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
imbroglio
complicated situation; an entanglement
impassive
showing no emotion
impecunious
poor; having no money
impervious
impossible to penetrate; incapable of being affected
implacable
inflexible; incapable of being pleased
imprecation
curse
impute
relate to a particular cause or source; attribute the fault to; assign as a characteristic